Myositis is a term used to describe inflammation in the muscles. This condition may be caused by injury, infection, or autoimmune conditions.
There are several categories of Myositis:
1. Inflammatory: A condition that causes inflammation throughout the body has the potential to affect the muscles, thus causing the inflammation. A majority of these involve autoimmune conditions. Autoimmune diseases describe an event where the body attacks its own tissues. Some of the autoimmune conditions that may cause myositis include:
2. Infection: Viral infections are among the most common illnesses that can cause myositis. These viral infections include: flu, cold, and HIV.
3. Drugs: There are several medications and illicit drugs that can cause temporary damage to muscles. Some of these include: alcohol, plaquenil, statins, and cocaine.
4. Injury: Intense workouts can cause swelling and pain in the muscles. This can last anywhere from several hours to several days after a workout.
Symptoms of Myositis
-Trouble with swallowing
-Trouble with breathing
How is Myositis diagnosed?
If your doctor suspects that you may have myositis, he may order one or more of the following tests:
Treatment for Myositis
Once a diagnosed for Myositis has been determined, your doctor will begin treating you. Treatment consists of the following:
While Myositis isn't considered an autoimmune condition, those of us with autoimmune diseases, such as the ones listed above, are at a higher risk for it. It is important that we adhere to the treatment our doctors have provided for us so this condition does not develop.
If you suspect that you may have Myositis, contact your doctor right away.